Transit Systems 2023-05-16 2023-06-20

Signal Maintainer

North County Transit District
Oceanside, California

Job ID: 149534
Job Status: Full-time

The Signal Maintainer is responsible for performing FRA and NCTD required signal system testing. They lead in the installation, repair, troubleshooting, and maintenance of various railroad signals and grade crossing warning devices and infrastructure to support the high-quality delivery of commuter, freight, and hybrid rail services along NCTD’s San Diego and Escondido Subdivisions. The Signal Maintainer ensures the railroad signal communication facilities and systems function to support safe and efficient rail operations and comply with the specifications and regulations of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and other regulatory and governing agencies. This is a bargained position represented by the Southwest Mountain States Regional Council of Carpenters (Carpenters) Union.

Distinguishing Characteristics
This position will be responsible for the inspection, testing and diagnostic analysis of NCTD’s grade crossing warning devices, wayside signal systems, and rail safety communication systems. This position will perform maintenance on railway signal and communications equipment such as track signals. This position is designated as Safety-Sensitive in accordance with Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations and will participate in a random testing pool under those guidelines.


Essential Functions
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Inspects, tests, modifies, maintains, and repairs all signal and communication related equipment including electronic, mechanical, and hydraulic equipment including grade crossings mechanisms, switch machines, power supplies, battery systems, CCTV, surveillance cameras, display systems, and other complex machinery and equipment.

  • Conducts fault diagnosis.

  • Troubleshoot malfunctions through download review and schematic interpretation.

  • Build and dismantle signal crossing warning device equipment.

  • Maintain, repair, and replace signal communication circuitry, systems, and components.

  • Locates and repairs cables.

  • Records and documents maintenance and diagnostic data.

  • Responds to emergency calls as necessary and per operating guidelines.

  • Determines work priorities for emergency maintenance tasks in the absence of on-site supervision.

  • Operates switch machines manually and by local control panels under revenue and non-revenue conditions.

  • Flags trackway to provide safe rail work zones and set up work zone traffic control areas.

  • Operates assigned vehicles including hi-rail.

  • Works in assigned areas such as utility support structures and poles under a variety of weather conditions.

  • Works closely with NCTD Operations Control Center and follows instructions while working on or near the right-of-way.

  • Assists other workers and divisions in routine and emergency situations affecting the safe movement of trains.

  • Assists Maintenance of Way personnel as needed.

  • Enters data into NCTD’s Maintenance Management Information System.

  • Knows and adheres to NCTD, FRA and CPUC standards and regulations.

  • References parts catalogues and other sources to determine correct parts for specific applications.

  • References manufacturer schematics (manual and online) to resolve maintenance issues.

  • Maintains work area in a clean and orderly fashion.

  • Safely operates equipment.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • High School diploma or GED required.

  • 1 year(s) Railroad Maintenance of Signal work experience.
A combination of experience/skills and education to fulfill the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position may be considered.

  • Signal Training Certificate.

  • Possession of and the ability to maintain a California driver’s license, Class C, with less than 6 points in the preceding 36-month period, and no DUI violations in the prior seven (7) years.

  • Must be able to become and maintain GCOR Qualified on NCTD-owned railroad properties.

  • Maintain compliance with the District’s policy regarding Conflict of Interest and Ethics policies.

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain annual access to Marine Corp Base Camp Pendleton.

  • Must be able to become RWP Qualified on NCTD owned railroad properties.

General Requirements
  • Knowledge of railroad signaling and communications.

  • Knowledge of 49 CFR 236 regulations – Rules, standards and instructions governing the installation inspection, maintenance and repair of signals and train control systems, devices, and appliances.

  • Knowledge of 49 CFR 234 Regulations – Grade Crossing Safety.

  • Knowledge of electrical, electronic and microprocessor-based control systems as well as analog and digital communication systems.

  • Analyzing and evaluating malfunctions in transit equipment and determining repair requirements and timelines.

  • Experience reading and understanding instructions (examples may include operating and safety rules, bulletins, special instructions, and federal regulatory documents)

  • Ability to complete written forms and reports.

  • Ability to effectively and accurately understand, interpret, reference, evaluate, organize, and record non-technical and technical information.

  • Knowledge of principles of railroad signal and communications engineering, with demonstrated experience with railroad systems and railroad operations.

  • Become qualified on territory and pass physical characteristics examinations.

  • Must be capable of performing physically strenuous work on a continuous basis.

  • Must be able to read and comprehend regulations and instructions as well as possess good verbal communication skills.

  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with coworkers, supervisors and/or customers and effectively handle conflict situations.

  • Ability to maintain alertness, awareness, and vigilance.

  • Good oral and written communication skills (provide clear instructions/directions).

  • Successfully complete, maintain and pass any required safety certification and testing on an annual basis.

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